De re aedificatoria libri decem. Author: Leon Battista Alberti (Italian, Genoa – Rome). Publisher: Jacob Cammerlander (German, active Strasburg. Leon Battista Alberti wrote De re aedificatoria in the middle of the 15th century. The terminus post quem for the beginning of the writing is traditionally set in . Leon Battista Alberti écrivit le De re aedificatoria au milieu du XVe siècle. Le terminus post quem pour le début de la rédaction est traditionnellement placé en .

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Alberti, having taken holy orders, remained unmarried all his life. After being expelled from heaven, Momusthe god of mockery, is eventually castrated. He loved animals and had a pet dog, a mongrel, for whom he wrote a panegyricCanis.

De re aedificatoria libri decem

Polykleitos Canon Vitruvius De architectura. Views Read Edit View history. These may have been caused during their original printing, or through damage that has occurred before coming to RIBA. The name of its hero, Momus, refers to the Greek word for blame or criticism. Cancellation charge If you decide to cancel or return your print to order framed or unframed print for any reason, it is unlikely we could sell it again at full price.

Leonello inspired a great Humanistic undertaking as well as a mode of artistic practice on Alberti’s part by urging him to restore the classic text of Vitruvius, architect and architectural theorist of the age of the Roman emperor Augustus. Just a few years before his death, Alberti completed De iciarchia On Ruling the Householda dialogue about Florence during the Medici rule. Alberti, as a member of noble family and as part of the Roman curiahad special status.

Guide to Alberti, Leon Battista, De re aedificatoria. Manuscript, circa

A aedificaoria synthesis of so battisa skills is to be found in De re aedificatoriaa work which became the basic text of Renaissance architecture. Alberti’s Ten Books consciously echoes Vitruvius’s writing, but Alberti also adopts a critical attitude toward his predecessor. This was his De re aedificatoria Ten Books on Architecturenot a restored text of Vitruvius but a wholly new work, that won him his reputation as the “Florentine Vitruvius.


Literature Alberti, Leon Battista.

Refer to this passage of Aristotle’s Physics: Beauty was for Alberti “the harmony of all parts in relation to one another,” and subsequently “this concord is realized in a particular number, proportion, and arrangement demanded by harmony.

That is why the using art also is in a sense directive; but it differs in that it knows the form, whereas the art which is directive as being concerned with production knows the matter” Eng. Alberti did not concern himself with the battiista of building, and very few of his major works were brought to completion. The principal residence, Palazzo Piccolominibattiwta on the west side. It is the user’s sole responsibility to secure any necessary copyright permission to reproduce or publish documents, texts, and images from any holders of rights in the original materials.

This is a compendium describing the different orders that aoberti to building columns and capitals in architecture. The Duke of Urbino was a shrewd military commander, who generously spent money on the alebrti of art.

Alberti’s work is a humanist treatise devoted to architecture, very densely erudite.

There he collaborated with and taught mathematics to Leonardo da Vinci. In he began to focus more on architecture and was encouraged by the Marchese Leonello d’Este of Ferrara, for whom he built a small triumphal arch to support an equestrian statue of Leonello’s father. The Chicago manuscript, which originated in Sicilian Italy during the last quarter of the fifteenth century, was probably produced by a large scriptorium, since as many as ten scribes collaborated on it.


The design for the latter church was completed ina year before Alberti’s death, but was brought to completion and is his most significant work. Huic mentem cogitationemque, huic alteri parationem selectionemque adhibendam” Orlandi-Portoghesi, p. Adolfo Turapp. When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Alberti’s earliest effort at reviving classical forms of building still stands in Ferrara, a miniature triumphal arch that supports an equestrian statue of Leonello’s father.

Lastly, Book X, Operum instauratioconcerns resoration. This structure is similar aedivicatoria Alberti’s Palazzo Rucellai in Florence and other later palaces.

Under this perspective the Villa Medici in Fiesole could therefore be considered the “muse” for numerous other buildings, not only in the Florence area, which from the end of the 15th century onwards find inspiration and creative innovation here.

This page was last edited on 16 Aprilat Retrieved from ” https: It is very useful to compare this text to the famous definition of the architect: By the time Nicholas V became pope inAlberti was knowledgeable enough to become the Pope’s architectural adviser.

Fiaschi, “Una copia di aefificatoria finora sconosciuta: Alberti planned to dedicate his treatise on architecture to his friend. Della pittura also known in Latin as De Pictura relied in its scientific content on classical optics in determining perspective as a geometric instrument of artistic and architectural representation.

The unfinished and altered facade of San Sebastiano has promoted much speculation as to Alberti’s intentions.